Under The Skin: Tommy Lee’s Massive Rig

Motley Crue The Final Tour

I’ll defend hard rock and metal music to anyone who will listen; fighting the Spinal Tap Stone Henge stereotype all the way to the Winter Solstice if needs be. But I’m not sure even Beelzebub can help me now…

Having recently argued that rock and metal does not need to rely on spectacle to make up for the awful music on show, I have been presented with this:

Tommy Lee Cruecifly 2014

And no, your eyes are not deceiving you. That IS rock berk Tommy Lee playing the drums whilst hanging all but upside down on something resembling The Viper ‘coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

In a spectacularly Spinal Tap moment, Lee has been forced to take to Twitter this week to explain why his rig – dubbed The Crüecifly – didn’t make an appearance at a recent show in Milwaukee.

After fans who attended the 4th of July gig left disappointed at the no-show, they kicked up the proverbial stink across the web, prompting Lee to Tweet: “Hi guys! Want you to know certain venues cannot handle The Crüecifly! It’s not our fault their roof cannot hang the rig! It’s massive!”

Indeed, Tommy, indeed.

The Crüecifly forms part of the stage show for Crüe’s current US jaunt, titled “The Final Tour.” Speaking to Music Radar, Lee once explained how the idea of mounting his drum kit on to a roller coaster track came about: “Every tour we do, everybody’s always wondering, ‘What’s Tommy Lee going to do next? What new, wild and crazy thing is he going to come up with?’ And what’s funny is, the thrill-seeker and the amusement park fan in me took over this time. Whenever I go on a roller coaster, I always say the same thing: ‘Man, I have got to find a way to take the cars off this ride and put my drums on the track!’ That’s basically where it all started. One day, I drew a design for the whole thing on a cocktail napkin.”

*sigh*

If only Tommy and his Mötley Crüe bandmates had put as much thought into their last album…

If you’re so inclined, you can watch fan-shot footage of Tommy and his massive rig in action at the Vanandel Arena, Grand Rapids below:

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R.E.M., Sleater-Kinney and Nirvana members record together

Super Earth Lance Bangs
Photo Credit: Lance Bangs

Members of R.E.M., Sleater-Kinney and Nirvana are recording new material together it has been revealed.

Peter Buck, Corin Tucker and Krist Novoselic were revealed to be working together in the group Super-Earth via a tweet from American filmmaker Lance Bangs.

Tucker and Buck had previously announced that they had formed Super-Earth and were writing material with guitarist Scott McCaughey (Minus 5), drummer Bill Rieflin (Swans, Ministry) and guitarist Kurt Bloch. The group made their live debut on the 30th of April in Portland.

The gig at the Secret Society Ballroom saw the band performing twelve new songs of “soon-to-be-album-sized new compositions”. There is no current news as to when, or if, the band will release an album, or if Novoselic will perform live with them in the future.

Buck and Tucker have collaborated in the past, with Tucker providing backing vocals on Buck’s self-titled 2012 solo album. Similarly, Buck was on stage when Sleater-Kinney reunited for a live performance in late 2013.

Bangs captioned the image in his tweet, pictured above, “Ex-REM, Sleater-Kinney, Nirvana, Flipper, Swans, Ministry, Young Fresh Fellows studio session.”

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